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Diet and Disease: A Real Relationship

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Diet and Disease: A Real Relationship

Last night, my family and I went to a chain restaurant for dinner. I donít ordinarily go to rib joints, but my husband and daughter looked beseechingly at me when we were deciding where to go. They usually agree to one of the locally owned and healthier restaurants I insist upon, but last night I gave into their round eyes and watering mouths as they imagined a big rack of BBQ ribs.

Although I was a pretty good eater before I had cancer, I didnít care as much then as I do now about what goes into my mouth. But cancer can rock your world, and after my third diagnosis I became a raw foodist, grew my own sprouts and wheatgrass, abandoned caffeine and alcohol, and in a short time, felt more energy than I had ever experienced before. I maintained this (labor intensive) lifestyle for 18 months, cheating only once as I snuck a single bite from the perfectly cooked Thanksgiving turkey I pulled from the oven. It tasted very oily and strange. I was no longer tempted.

My intent was to create the very best internal and external environments possible. For the external atmosphere, I chose deliberately who I spent time with, what I read and watched on TV, which movies to see, and how much I pushed myself. For my internal environment, I wanted to boost my immune system, detoxify and to purify my blood, decrease the PH level, and to eat living foods with an abundance of enzymes and nourishment. I loved eating that way. Uncooked food prepared in just the right way is as good as any gourmet cooked food Iíve ever had.

I returned to eating animal products only after my intuitive acupuncturist sensed that the post-radiation pain I had might be minimized by eating more eggs, fish, beef and some chicken. I hesitated only for about an hour, having convinced myself that eating raw food was a significant reason why my cancer was resolved. But I love a good burger and I wanted to see if changing my diet might help with the pain. So I dashed home and enjoyed a burger like never before.

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Leigh Fortson

Leigh Fortson has been writing and editing books about health and nutrition for decades. She is the author of Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer (Sounds True, 2011). Every month, she will write about a topic in her book that was instrumental in defining her healing journey. To learn more, go to


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11:23AM PDT on May 27, 2014


9:17AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:47AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

5:05AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

I'm a healthy-eating vegan. I exercise, I stay away from artificial and harmful chemicals, I take good care of myself. And I could still get cancer and die a horrible death, because we actually have hardly any control over our own health. Those lively octogenarians and centenarians never credit a macrobiotic lifestyle with their longevity and health. It's normally cigarettes, whiskey and lard, or some combination thereof. Of course cigarettes are not actually good for you, but it lends credence to the theory that it's mostly genes and luck.

Stress is the biggest indicator for disease and mortality, so stop stressing about your health as you'll only make things worse. :)

1:39PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

@ Leslie P. I had the same problem, with added pain in my shoulders and 1 knee, took the same path of elimination of dairy, and got the same end result..a pain free life now at 55. Worked for both me and my brother...MUST be something to it, yes??

1:35PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

@ Angelo M. Bit of info to maybe make your decision a little easier...there are more than 1 kind of fat to be considered...and saturated fats..those found almost exclusively from animal sources, (with the exception of coconut oil and palm oil) are BAD fats.. They are solid or semi-solid at room temp., and they have been proven to raise blood cholesterol levels and increase chances of dying from heart disease
Monounsaturated fats..(liquid @ room temp, thicken slightly when refrigerated) are much healthier, the most popular, of course, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil...(careful with using for cooking, as this can convert to a harmful fat when heated too high) some other sources are whole foods, like cashews, peanuts and avocados...but be careful with cashews and avocodos, as the fat/calorie ratio is pretty high...these do not raise cholesterol levels..Also.polyunsaturated fats..good for you too, if gotten from whole food source..sesame, sunflower, safflower seeds etc...try stay away from processed extracted oils here, as processing convert some of the oil to saturated fat..hope this helps with decisions on your 30 40 grams of fat per day....

5:53PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thanks for pointing this truth out!

6:35PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Of course. I've gone vegan now, and I am interested in the raw food and macrobiotic diets. I would definitely go extreme with a healthy lifestyle if I got a serious disease.

8:00AM PST on Feb 20, 2012


there are some diets and approaches that may help cancer (i cannot guarantee they will help, please use good judgement, intuition, google to confirm)

Budwig diet (cottage cheese and flax oil)
Kelley Eidem diet
Gerson therapy

Ayurveda may help (Dr Naram emphasises diet, but uses herbs and energy work):
Dr Pankaj Naram

Soul healing:
Zhi Gang Sha

Prayer healing request (not specific to health):

vitamin D from healthy sun exposure at midday (to get the UVB) when you can

cut down on sugar


1:26AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Well, unfortunately, most people who can afford to go to rib joints regularly are those who ought to stay away from them. But anyway, those who eat a healthy diet can go out like that and enjoy w/o having to worry about it.

You can help yourself. You can't save the planet yourself.

I have to limit certain things at home, here. My son can't eat foods high in preservatives. He vomits. (I tend to have the problem down below). I am diabetic and also lactose intolerant. I have to stick with yogurt & cheese if I want a dairy product.

cooking at home with natural foods and flavorings makes it fun, because I can use as much spice as I'd like, w/o having to increase fats, sugars and sodium.

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